Essay on Love Is Made A Right Thing For A Marriage

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When the definition of love is made superficial due to what marriage really meant at the time, the result is a lot of lackluster and unhappy marriages, as well as the procurement of a society in which happiness is of lower priority within a marriage. Since one of the primary motives behind marriage was financial security, that also means that another major motive of marriage was the maintenance or improvement of status. With the idea of monetary and social gain in mind, happiness was often left as an afterthought. Mr. Collins is a character who has shown that his main objective of getting married is for the appearance of it. One instance in which this is evident is when he says “‘My reasons for marrying are, first, that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his parish; secondly, that I am convinced that it will add very greatly to my happiness’” (81). While this excerpt does not outwardly say that his motive behind marriage is to gain status or fortune, it is indicated through the syntax of the statement. Austen deliberately has Mr. Collins start his litany of reasons for getting married with the fact that he believes it is his duty to set an example for the members of his parish. This shows that when Mr. Collins thinks of marriage, the first thing that comes to mind is the potential for him to show off his perfect marriage to the members of his church. He claims he wants to set an example for…

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